2015

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Top 5 Things to Know about Your Child's IBD

June 29, 2015

As tears well-up in her eyes, I notice her husband's arms reaching over to comfort my patient’s mother. I continue to describe the disease that has been ravaging at their son's intestines, probably for the last several months.  Although his parents had suspected something was seriously wrong when their son’s abdominal pain and diarrhea (which had initially seemed like the “stomach flu”) got progressively worse, nothing could’ve them prepared them for what I had just confirmed during his colonoscopy: Crohn’s disease.  

Lymphatic System in the Brain and MS

June 25, 2015

A recent report has generated excitement in the scientific community. This report announces the discovery of a lymphatic system in the brain.

Swedish welcomes new nurse executives to Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds

June 24, 2015

Swedish is pleased to announce Meredith Gould, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP as the new nurse executive for Swedish Cherry Hill and Jean Doerge, MSN, MBA, RN as the new nurse executive for Swedish Edmonds. 

Our Behaviors Influence Our Kids

June 24, 2015

Driving home recently, I heard a story on the radio about a state commissioner wanting to reduce restrictions on “junk food” offered in public schools.  Surprisingly, this story jarred a long-forgotten memory from my childhood…

Swedish Family Medicine awarded March of Dimes CenteringPregnancy grant

June 24, 2015
The March of Dimes named Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill as the recipient of its CenteringPregnancy® Initiative grant. The program, developed by the Centering Healthcare Institute, is a prenatal care model in which expectant mothers are provided medical care, interactive learning, and community building in a group setting by family medicine physicians.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease: A Patient's Perspective

June 22, 2015

On our Pediatric unit, we see a number of patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Some are well-established in their care, some are newly-diagnosed and just beginning treatment, and some are being seen by the doctor to explore if their symptoms warrant a definitive diagnosis of Crohn’s or UC. I interviewed one patient (referred to as our “Crohn’s Champion” for privacy) regarding his experience for the last 18 months since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 9 years old. 

Swedish mourns beloved retired heart surgeon, Dr. Lester Sauvage

June 22, 2015

Dr. Lester R. Sauvage, a former cardiac surgeon at the Heart Center at Providence Medical Center, passed away June 5 in his sleep at the age of 88.

8 Things Nobody Told You About Being in a Wheelchair

June 20, 2015

As someone living with multiple sclerosis and a patient of Dr. James Bowen, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about living with a wheelchair.

Making the Mental Shift: From "Doing" to "Being"

June 18, 2015
Over the years, the World Health Organization’s discussion around disability has changed from “impairment, disability, and handicap” to “impairment, activity, and participation.”  In other words, the focus has shifted to that of function through activity and participation.  This shift in perspective is important but not sufficient.

Swedish continues labor negotiations with SEIU 1199NW

June 18, 2015
In early April, Swedish began the process of negotiating contracts with SEIU 1199NW for RNs, technical workers and service employees. Negotiations continue, with current contracts expiring June 30, 2015. Swedish remains committed to working with the union to develop contracts that offer a competitive wage and benefits package as well as create a supportive and rewarding work environment for its caregivers (employees).